Discover a new universe; experience a different reality; explore a new way to see the world. Indulge yourself in the otherworldly details in the breathtaking designs of Amber Ambrose Aurèle. The shoe exhibition features a retrospective of Amber’s work. A selection out of four seasons will be on showcase until May 28, 2016. The shoes on display are one-of-a-kind made of experimental techniques and noteworthy materials: among them are 3D-printed metal, embossed latex, LED-fabric, real human hair and porcelain. On show from April 8 to May 28 2016 at Art Statements Gallery in Hong Kong.
About the artist
Amber Ambrose Aurèle is a Dutch haute couture shoe designer, known for her visually unique work and sky-high heels. Amber explores the boundaries of fashion and art through her Haute Couture shoe designs. Amber: ‘Sweet things have a strange edge.’
She holds an MA in Shoe Design from ArtEZ Arnhem (2012) and a MA in Art History from the University of Amsterdam (2012). Her academic background makes her research process unique and elevates her vision of beauty and design. The first to 3D-print metal heels, her creations have a sweet and twisted view that combines fine handwork technique with innovative technology.
Amber Ambrose Aureole’s shoes are made to measure and available for editorial styling in Hong Kong until May 28. The artist will be present in Hong Kong April 5 till April 16.
More info at Amber Ambrose Aurèle
After graduating, Amber Ambrose Aurèle established her Amsterdam-based eponymous label. She has a firm belief her art of shoemaking requires interdisciplinary research which explores new fields in every collection. Amber’s shoes are seen in editorials (Vogue, Kaltblut, and many more) and exhibitions and museums all over the world. Amber shoes have been featured in shoes courted by the Virtual Shoe Museum in Vienna, Klagenfurt, Doha and Dubai). She is currently working on her 8th collection and various commission projects. This will be the first time Amber shows to the Asian public.
Shoe collections by Amber Ambrose Aurèle
Original (Sin)suality (2012)
Illustrates what women are capable of: having soft and fragile characteristics and being empowered sexually at the same time. The shoes focuses on sin found in the purest places and beauty found in the darkest places: the capability of merciless sensuality in femmes fragiles and sweet persuasion in femmes fatales.
Hidden Messages in Water (2012)
Are heels first ever 3D-printed from metal. Amber materialized the pseudoscience of how human consciousness has an effect on water in the sculptural open construction of the heels. Metamorphosis suggested through a composition of icy hard and volatile soft material; the stages water can be found in.
Coruscate Imprisonment (2012)
Suggests capturing light through print design and clever footwear engineering. Striving not to demonstrate only the romantic and swift beauty that is often found in modern-day fast fashion, Amber created one of a kind shoes that light up in the dark powered by LED-fabric.
Inspired by the reflection of water; its form was translated into the use of mirror-porcelain and Plexiglas to represent the two sides of Hamlet’s Ophelia and her search for happiness. Amber’s narrative of L’Amour ‘Her Happiness Is Never Her Own’ is a story inspired by the young Ophelia reaching madness and her struggle of being truly happy without the influence of others. She is drowning in pain but still stays feminine and strong while being stuck between two different worlds.
Art Statements Gallery
Art Statements was founded by Dominique Perregaux in 2003 in Hong Kong. The gallery has since become an important establishment that represents in Asia internationally celebrated contemporary artists. Pursuing its goal of giving its artists a wide visibility and to reach a pan-Asian audience, Art Statements opened its first overseas branch in Tokyo in 2010. Beside its regular exhibition programme, the gallery is actively involved in dealing both Western and Chinese Modern and Contemporary Art as well as participating in international art fairs. Art Statements works also extensively with regional architects, interior designers and property developers in public art consultancy projects.
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About Dutch Days in Hong Kong
The month of April is known to the Dutch nation as Koningsdag or “King’s Day”. The Consulate General of the Kingdom of the Netherlands celebrates and dedicates April as the month to hold the second edition of its art and culture festival in Hong Kong. The “Dutch Days in Hong Kong” festival is co-organized and curated by Asia Week Hong Kong. It will host a series of events and programs in art and culture, taking place all over Hong Kong. The program is a collaboration of many partners in the Netherlands and Hong Kong. The long awaited museum seminars are presented by the ABN AMRO Bank with distinguished speakers from Mauritshuis Museum, Het Scheepvaartmuseum and the Rijksmuseum, as well as their counterparts from the Hong Kong Maritime Museum and the Hong Kong Museum of Art.
Dutch Days in Hong Kong will feature exhibitions, art lectures, a film festival, a culinary evening, and performances. We aim to weave an engaging dialogue to share ideas and best practices between artists, the greater public, students, collectors and art patrons.
Haute couture shoes exhibition by Amber Ambrose Aurèle
From April 8 to May 28
Location Art Statements Gallery
Gee Chang Hong Centre, Factory D, 8/F
65 Wong Chuk Hang Road
Monday – Saturday 12pm – 7pm
or by appointment with Markus Halberstam or Charlotte Foo, T +852 2696 2300
More shoes by Amber Ambrose Aurèleat the Virtual Shoe Museum.
Shoes: Imprisonment of the continuously shifting © AAA, photo Peter Stigter.